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Congressional Hearings – Nov 13, 2007

November 13th, 2007 by selise

Monday, Nov. 12, 2007

10 am – House Science and Technology
Next Generation Border and Maritime Security Technologies: H.R. 3916

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine the scope of public performance rights.

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works

10 am – Senate Homeland Security
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the human capital needs of a United States Customs and Boarder Protection initiative, focusing on border security, and progress and weaknesses in traveler inspections at our nation’s ports of entry.

10 am – Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Small Business Administration, focusing on preventing loan fraud and improving regulation of lenders.

11 am -Senate Environment and Public Works
To continue hearings to examine S. 2191, to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases.

11 am – House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Diminished Capacity: Can the FDA Assure the Safety and Security of the Nation’s Food Supply? – Part IV – Deception in Labeling

2 pm – House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2334, H.R. 2632, H.R. 3287, H.R. 3513, and H.R. 3682

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia
Hearing: Senior Executive Service: Women and Minorities Are Underrepresented in Most Legislative Branch Agencies

2 pm – House Homeland Security
Management, Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee on examining the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to recruit, hire, and promote veterans. Dept. witnesses.

2:30 pm – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine the accuracy of the Federal Trade Commission on the tar and nicotine cigarette rating system.

2:30 pm – Senate Natural Resources
To hold an oversight hearing to examine the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (Public Law 95-87), focusing on policy issues thirty years later.

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine international climate change negotiations, focusing on restoring United States leadership.

2:30 pm – Senate Intelligence
Open Hearing: Congressional Oversight

3 pm – House Education and Labor
Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee
Hearing on "LIHEAP: Overview and Current Issues"

*** House Rules
after last vote in upcoming series of votes beginning approx 6:40p.m.
H.R. 3074 – Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, 2008 – CONFERENCE REPORT.
H.R. 4156– Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act, 2008
-emergency meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007

*** 9 am – House Appropriations
Legislative Branch Subcommittee on the Capitol Visitors Center.

9:30 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Business meeting to consider S. 1551, to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to making progress toward the goal of eliminating tuberculosis, S. 1858, to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish grant programs to provide for education and outreach on newborn screening and coordinated followup care once newborn screening has been conducted, to reauthorize programs under part A of title XI of such Act, S. 911, to amend the Public Health Service Act to advance medical research and treatments into pediatric cancers, ensure patients and families have access to the current treatments and information regarding pediatric cancers, establish a population-based national childhood cancer database, and promote public awareness of pediatric cancers, S. 1916, to amend the Public Health Service Act to modify the program for the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees by terminating the authority for the removal of chimpanzees from the system for research purposes, S. 1382, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide the establishment of an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Registry, S. 1970, to establish a National Commission on Children and Disasters, a National Resource Center on Children and Disastersand, and an original bill entitled, “Health Centers Renewal Act of 2007”, and any pending nominations.

9:30 am – Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Business meeting to markup pending legislation; to be immediately followed by a
Senate Veterans’ Affairs hearing to examine the nomination of Michael W. Hager, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Human Resources and Management).

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To hold hearings to examine ways to improve the Federal Climate Change Research and Information Program.

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership relating to the United States policy on nuclear fuel management.

10 am – Senate Finance
To hold hearings to examine the federal estate tax, focusing on uncertainty in planning under the current law.
Witnesses: Warren Buffett, Conrad Teitell, Dean Rhoads, Eugene G. Sukup

10 am – Senate Homeland Security
Business meeting to consider S. 1667, to establish a pilot program for the expedited disposal of Federal real property, S. 1000, to enhance the Federal Telework Program, H.R. 390, to require the establishment of a national database in the National Archives to preserve records of servitude, emancipation, and post-Civil War reconstruction and to provide grants to State and localentities to establish similar local databases, H.R. 3571, to amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to permit individuals who have served as employees of the Office of Compliance to serve as Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, or General Counsel of the Office, and to permit individuals appointed to such positions to serve one additional term, S. 2174, and other pending calendar business.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine accountability for human rights violators in the United States.

10 am – House Armed Services
The full committee will meet to receive testimony on Africa Command.

10 am – House Judiciary
Hearing on Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers

10 am – House Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support
Hearing on Impact of Gaps in Health Coverage on Income Security

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing: Assessing the State Department Inspector General
Witness: Howard J. Krongard, Inspector General, U.S. Department of State
*** 10 am – House Foreign Affairs
Hearing on assessing plans to step up security cooperation with Mexico and Central America.

*** 10 am – House Homeland Security
“Cover Blown – Did TSA Tip Off Airport Screeners about Covert Testing?”
Full Committee. on whether the TSA tipped off airport screeners about covert testing.

*** 10 am – House Energy Independence and Global Warming
Full Committee. on state governors opinions of the low-carbon energy future. Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York; Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona.

*** 10 am – House Small Business
Urban and Rural Entrepreneurship Subcommittee on program harmonization in rural American and how the SBA and USDA can work together to better serve small businesses.

10:30 am – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine shareholder rights and proxy access.

11 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2445, H.R. 3350, H.R. 3351, and H.R. 3560

1:30 pm – House Education and Labor
Markup on "H.R. 4137, The College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007"

2 pm – Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
To hold hearings to examine sovereign wealth fund acquisitions and other foreign government investments in the United States, focusing on economic and national security implications.

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Domestic Policy
Hearing on The Environmental Risks of and Regulatory Response to Dental Mercury Amalgam

2 pm – House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Hearing: Iran: Reality, Options, and Consequences. Part 3 — Regional and Global Consequences of U.S. Military Action in Iran

2 pm – House Rules
H.R. 3915 – Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security
Investigations Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine Medicaid providers, focusing on a recent study conducted by the Government Accountability Office on unpaid taxes, the extent of the problem, and possible solutions.

*** 2:30 pm – House Foreign Affairs
Europe Subcommittee on U.S. – Greece relations and regional issues. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

*** 4 pm – Senate Committee on Conferees
Meeting of conferees on H.R. 3093, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.

*** 4 pm – House Rules
H.R. 3915 – Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007
H.R. 3773 – RESTORE Act of 2007 (Second Rule). – emergency item

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007

9:30 am – Senate Armed Services
To receive testimony on the state of the United States Army.
Witnesses:
Honorable Preston M. “Pete” Geren, III, Secretary, United States Army
General George W. Casey, Jr., USA, Chief of Staff, United States Army

9:30 am – House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Oversight Hearing on Protecting the Playroom: Holding Foreign Manufacturers Accountable for Defective Products

10 am – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Joint Subcommittee Hearing – The National Labor Relations Board: Recent Decisions and the Adjudication Process
Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee To hold joint hearings with the House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions to examine the National Labor Relations Board, focusing on recent decisions and the adjudication process.

10 am – Senate Energy and Natural Resources
To hold hearings to examine S. 2203, to reauthorize the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund.

10 am – Senate Judiciary
Business meeting to consider S. 352, to provide for media coverage of Federal court proceedings, S. 2248, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), to modernize and streamline the provisions of that Act, S. 344, to permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings, S. 1638, to adjust the salaries of Federal justices and judges, S.Res. 366, designating November 2007 as “National Methamphetamine Awareness Month”, to increase awareness of methamphetamine abuse, S.Res. 367, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the mass movement for Soviet Jewish freedom and the 20th anniversary of the Freedom Sunday rally for Soviet Jewry on the National Mall, and the nominations of Joseph N. Laplante, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Hampshire, Reed Charles O’Connor, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Thomas D. Schroeder, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina, and Amul R. Thapar, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

10 am – Senate Homeland Security
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine the national level of preparedness of the United States to respond following an radiological dispersion device (RDD) or “dirty bomb” attack, focusing on the coordination with and capabilities of federal, state, and local governments to work together.

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Space, Aeronautics, and Related Agencies Subcommittee
To hold hearings to examine issues facing the United States space program after retirement of the space shuttles.

10 am – House Armed Services
Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee
Hearing on strategic communications and countering ideological support for terrorism.

10 am – House Oversight and Government Reform
Full Committee Hearing: One Year Later: Have TSA Airport Security Checkpoints Improved?

10 am – House Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Health
Hearing on Trends in Nursing Home Ownership and Quality

10 am – House Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Aviation
Aviation and Airport Holiday Travel Preparations

10 am – Senate Environment and Public Works
To continue hearings to examine S. 2191, to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases.

11 am – House Natural Resources
Full Committee Markup

1 pm – House Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Legislate Review of Pending MGIB Legislation

1:30 pm – Senate Aging
To hold hearings to examine nursing home transparency and improvement, focusing on federal, state, and industry initiatives to improve nursing home transparency, enforcement, and the quality of services in the country’s 16,000 nursing homes.

2 pm – Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To hold hearings to examine restoring Congressional intent and protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (Public Law 101-336).

2:30 pm – Senate Foreign Relations
To hold hearings to examine the anti-drug package for Mexico and Central America.

2:30 pm – Senate Homeland Security
Investigations Subcommittee To hold hearings to examine speculation in the crude oil market.

*** 3 pm – House Foreign Affairs
“Diplomatic Assurances” on Torture: A Case Study of Why Some Are Accepted and Others Rejected
Witness: Mr. Peter Kornbluh, Senior Analyst, National Security Archive, George Washington University

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